Designer Shari Austrian is recreating people’s homes using LEGOs, and they’re incredibly detailed
The price is $1.25 per square foot, so a 3,000-square-foot domicile would cost $3,750
These replicas aren’t cheap. A full model will cost at least $2500 (the exact price is based on the square footage of your home). The price includes the cost of the materials Austrian invests in each project, which can add up fast. The designer said that the average LEGO piece costs about 10 cents and her models are made up of tens of thousands of pieces.
However, if you’re looking for something cheaper, she also offers exterior-only miniatures for $1,500 and up.
“I have always adored, collected and created all sorts of miniatures — they’re just so cute. From the time I was a little girl, I was building mini fruits, animals, and homes out of Play-Doh and LEGO,” Austrian told TODAY Home.
Austrian bases her designs off interior and exterior photos of the houses, as well as their architectural plans
She usually spends 8 to 12 weeks on one project
“I like working with LEGO both for the complexity and simplicity,” she said
“I’m a perfectionist just as much as I’m an artist and I value the clean lines, precision and interlocking strength of the bricks”
Sadly, Austrian has run into some problems that made her question if it’s even feasible to safely ship her models. “I pour all of my passion and energy into creating solid, tiny masterpieces for my customers to enjoy. But my efforts are only one part of the equation when having to [transport them],” she wrote on Facebook. “I was a bit nervous about handing a model over to UPS but they assured me that everything would be just fine, that they package and ship lighting fixtures, etc. [However,] my model was destroyed. I flew out to Tennessee the following week to reassemble the model so it was as good as new but the whole experience was heartbreaking.”
Let’s hope she finds a way to safely ship her precious creations.